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The Best Memory Cards for Digital Cameras - Jasmine Star Photography Blog

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How to Successfully Prep a Couple for an Engagement Session - Beautiful Portraits // Belovely You

Whether you incorporate engagement sessions into your wedding packages or offer them as an a la carte option, preparing your clients for the session by explaining the process is a great way to build trust for the session that leads naturally into established trust on the wedding day. I find that giving the clients “homework” prior to the session alleviates those awkward moments between some couples when you can just tell the groom is totally clueless on what is going on and is only there to appe
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Fine Art Editing

Fine Art Editing | Wedding Photography Knowledge | Scoop.it
Good day my friends!  I was talking with some other photogs on a forum about the difference between a basic edit and fine art editing.
Basic edits adjust the color,
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Your Ultimate Exposure Guide for Wedding Photography

Your Ultimate Exposure Guide for Wedding Photography | Wedding Photography Knowledge | Scoop.it
The f/16 rule states that on a bright sunny day your exposure will be f/16, 1/125s at ISO100. Many photographers prefer using f/11, 1/250s at ISO100, which of course gives exactly the same exposure. However this rule is not convenient to do quick calculations for wedding photography as you’re working with wide open apertures – typically f2/8 – f/4.
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Photography Backup Process | Essex Fells, New Jersey Wedding Photographer

Photography Backup Process | Essex Fells, New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Wedding Photography Knowledge | Scoop.it
One of my biggest fears in life is that some life shattering event causes
me to lose all my photographs. When I started my photography business, this
fear only became amplified. One of the first things I defined when I
started my photography business was a backup process. The photographs that
I capture are not only near and dear to my heart, but they are once in a
lifetime photographic memories of the brides and grooms that I am so lucky
to work with. I wanted to outline some of the tools and systems that I use
to keep these images as safe as possible. Redundancy is key. 

Equipment for the Wedding: 

1. Throughout a wedding day, I shoot with two bodies that are securely
fastened on my Holdfast Gear Money Maker Harness. This allows me to
spread the photographic love between two cameras. If something
happens to one camera, I have a second camera that is readily
available. I also carry a third body in my equipment bag. 
2. I recently started shooting with two memory cards in each camera. RAW
images are written to my primary slot on a SanDisk 32GB Extreme CF
Card. JPEG Normal images are written to my secondary slot on a
SanDisk 16GB Extreme SD card. I shoot a max of 400 images per
SanDisk 32GB Extreme CF Card. Used cards get put in a cardholder case
with the backs showing. They are stored in my fanny pack (which does
not come off of my body until all images are backed up). Generally, I
will only use one SD card per body for the entire wedding day. The
JPEGs will ONLY be used if the CF card becomes corrupted.
Fortunately, this has not happened, but we all know that anything is
possible with technology. 

Equipment After Wedding: 

1. I backup my RAW and JPEG Normal images immediately following a
wedding to a WD 2TB portable external hard drive. I always start with
the RAW images, so that I can begin my DNG conversion process to save
space on my hard drives. I only edit the DNG's. This hard drive
stores weddings that are in progress, meaning not yet delivered to
the client. I carry this hard drive around with me whenever I can.
When I am unable to bring a bag, this is stored in a fireproof safe. 
2. Once the images are backed up to my portable external hard drive,
they get copied over to a LaCie 2big Quadra 6TB External Hard Drive
 that is configured to have identical copies of the data on two
drives. 
3. The DNG's get copied over to my desktop to begin the culling and
editing process. 
4. A separate LaCie Quadra 4TB External Hard Drive is used for time
machine. My desktop backs up through time machine to that external
hard drive every day. Old versions of the backup are deleted
automatically once my external hard drive is full, to make room for a
new daily backup. 
5. My LaCie 2big Quadra 6TB External Hard Drive and desktop are also
backed up to Crash Plan nightly. Crash Plan is simply amazing. Not
only does it back up my images to an off site sever, but it allows me
to access my backup from my laptop if I need to access a document
that is not on my laptop or portable external hard drive. 
6. Once I finish editing a wedding, I upload the color corrected JPEG's
to Queensberry Workspace to be delivered to my clients. I also upload
these images to Zenfolio as a secondary gallery. The JPEG's are also
backed up to my external hard drive and Crash Plan.

My process may seem a bit extreme, but the peace of mind my process gives
me is worth the extra effort. I can typically import to my WD portable hard
drive, convert to DNG and backup to my LaCie 6TB external hard drive the
night of the wedding. The images do not get deleted from my CF card until I
have confirmed the count on the cards matches the count that have been
backed up to my portable external hard drive and my external hard drive. 

If you have any questions or some additional tips, leave a comment! 

Thank you Christine for the images above!
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posing the short groom + taller bride | Laurence Kim Photographer

posing the short groom + taller bride | Laurence Kim Photographer | Wedding Photography Knowledge | Scoop.it
posing the short groom + taller bride
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exposure metering for the bride's dress - Neil vN - tangents

exposure metering for the bride's dress - Neil vN - tangents | Wedding Photography Knowledge | Scoop.it
exposure metering – bride & the bride’s dress From a technical point of view, photographing a bride in her dress can be a challenge … depending on the lighting.
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Wedding Photography – 21 Tips for Amateur Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photography – 21 Tips for Amateur Wedding Photographers | Wedding Photography Knowledge | Scoop.it
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An important article to help you prepare in advance.

Sometimes what you have forgtten, refer back to the basics!

 

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Photography data / back up storage solutions tips from a professional | Adam Bronkhorst

Here's what I do to make sure that all my photography data and images are stored safely and backed up properly, so if something should go wrong, i'm covered.
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10 Things a Photographer Should Never Do While Photographing a Wedding - PetaPixel

10 Things a Photographer Should Never Do While Photographing a Wedding - PetaPixel | Wedding Photography Knowledge | Scoop.it
With over 2 million weddings taking place each year nationwide, there are over 2 million opportunities to make mistakes-countless pitfalls just waiting
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3 Critical Criteria Of Any Image Selection Workflow

3 Critical Criteria Of Any Image Selection Workflow | Wedding Photography Knowledge | Scoop.it
An often unspoken component of photography is image selection. How and why are certain photos chosen over others when reviewing results of a photo shoot?
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How To Capture Motion Trails While Freezing Subjects Using Shutter Drag | DIYPhotography.net

How To Capture Motion Trails While Freezing Subjects Using Shutter Drag | DIYPhotography.net | Wedding Photography Knowledge | Scoop.it
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Noise Control

Noise Control | Wedding Photography Knowledge | Scoop.it
Let's talk noise control!While my stance on high ISO noise has loosened up somewhat since I began using strobes at wedding receptions, it's still somewhat of a concern.
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How to Handle Two Brides Inquiring for the Same Date - Jasmine Star Photography Blog

How to Handle Two Brides Inquiring for the Same Date - Jasmine Star Photography Blog | Wedding Photography Knowledge | Scoop.it
The Photography Blog of Jasmine Star, an international wedding photographer based in Orange County, California.
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Tips for Reducing Stress as a Wedding Photographer

Tips for Reducing Stress as a Wedding Photographer | Wedding Photography Knowledge | Scoop.it
I recently answered a survey online about what I do. It wasn’t specific to wedding photography so some of the questions didn’t exactly mesh but elicited some interesting answers nonetheless. The question that made me think most was about the stress level of my “job.” Considering each wedding is unique, it’s hard to give an [...]
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Wedding Day Questionnaire

Wedding Day Questionnaire | Wedding Photography Knowledge | Scoop.it
When my husband and I were first starting in wedding photography I had no
idea what I even needed to ask a client. There were no Facebook groups to
turn to for endless (albeit sometimes needless) information. But one
amazing local photographer (Anne Almasy - Go follow her right now if you do
not already!) shared everything with us, including her questionnaire. I
contribute being in wedding photography more than a year entirely to what
she shared with us.

Over the years (and through the process of interviewing photographers for
our software) I have come up with the questionnaire below. It is in no way
suitable for everyone but I share it in the hopes that it helps one.

No.1 CEREMONY 

* Where will your Ceremony take place? 
* What is the name of the venue?
* What is the address of the venue?
* What is the website of the venue?
* Does the venue have a coordinator that I should be in touch with? If
yes, what is their number?
* Does the venue have any restrictions we need to know about? Every
venue has its own unique do's and don'ts in regard to photography. Be
sure to ask your venue about any restrictions of time or access so
that we can help design the most streamlined approach to capturing
your beautiful day!
* Will the Ceremony be indoors or out? If outdoors, do you have an
alternate location in case of inclement weather?
* Will you be having a receiving line? While a receiving line is a
great way to greet all of your guests, please consider that the
polite amount of time to converse with each guest will require an
average of 30 seconds. That means for each 100 guests at your wedding
you will need to allocate 45-50 minutes to welcome them. Be sure to
allow for this estimated amount of time in your schedule.

No.2 RECEPTION

* Is the reception at the same venue as the ceremony? 
* What is the address of the reception venue?
* Will the reception be indoors or outdoors? If outdoors, Is there an
alternate location in case of inclement weather?  
* Will you have a cocktail hour? A cocktail hour affords time for
portraits while the wedding crowd is entertained. It also provides a
moment for the photographer to capture the beauty and detail of the
main reception hall before it fills.
* If having a cocktail hour, what time will it begin?
* What time will the reception begin?
* What time will you be announced at your reception?
* Which events will be happening at your reception? Not everyone will
make it to the end of your party! Consider planning key reception
moments early enough so that those with small children, the elderly,
and your out-of-town guests feel they can leave without missing
anything. This will also help your photographers maximize the time
you have contracted together and ensure those all-important events
are covered. The options below are placed in the order most often
recommended by the wedding industry.
1. Arrival of guests in main reception area
2. Intro of the Wedding Party
3. Blessing or announcement of dinner
4. Meal
5. Cake Cutting
6. Toasts
7. Couple's First Dace
8. Father & Daughter Dance
9. Mother & Son Dance
10. Bouquet & Garter Toss
11. Dancing remainder of the night
12. Special Exit

No.3 VENDORS

* Which Vendors will be helping you? Not only do we need some of this
information to help with your timeline, we also like to give credit
on our blog to your amazing vendors. 
* Please list Name of Business
* Phone number of contact
* Name of contact
* Email Address
* Website
* Physical Address (if applicable)
1. Florist (also what time will the flowers arrive at the portrait
location?)
2. Event Planner
3. Bakery
4. Salon (or Make-up artist & Hair Stylist)
5. DJ or Band
6. Videographer
7. Dress Designer (or dress boutique) 
8. Tux Rental

No.4 OTHER LOCATIONS

* What other locations will you visit on your Wedding day? (Please
include anywhere you would like for us to show up ie. getting ready
location, golf outing for groom, bridal luncheon or alternate
portrait location.)
* Address of location
* When during the day you will be there

No.5 YOUR PHOTO'S

A good series of Bride and Groom portraits usually requires a minimum of 30
minutes and are best completed before the ceremony. We'll even set up a
"First Look" to capture the surprise and specialness of that moment when
you see each other for the first time. This is a beautiful time carved out
before the ceremony for just the two of you to delight in each other and
breathe before the arrival of guests and fanfare. You can talk, pray, kiss
and really relish this amazing moment that may be the only time that you
are alone all day. We will be nearby unobtrusively capturing these private
moments so that you remember the feeling forever. This also frees you up to
attend the cocktail hour or reception while your guests are not kept
waiting. Going traditional? That's okay too! Just remember to allow enough
time between the ceremony and reception for these special photos.

* Will you be seeing each other before the ceremony?
* Do you have a location in mind for a First Look or would you rather
us find the ideal spot?

No.6 Delicate family situations don’t normally disappear just because it’s
your “Big Day” (sorry)! But a little foreknowledge, decorum, and tact can
go a long way toward keeping things enjoyable for you and your guests. And
we’re happy to help however we can. So please outline anything you’d like
us to be mindful of. 

No.7 IMPORTANT PEOPLE

* Who do you want to include in your family photos? Keep in mind that
each family grouping will take approximately 3 minutes to arrange and
shoot. Please include names along with the relationship to you.
* BRIDE ALONE
1. Bride's Parents - Include step parents and any parent figures you'd
like in the photos.

2. Bride's Siblings - Half and step siblings, too! If you want pics with
your siblings' spouses alone (i.e. you and SIL), add as VIPs.

3. Bride's Attendants

4. Bride's Grandparents - Mom and Dad's side, in no particular order.
Include steps and halves if you'd like them photographed.

5. Other VIP's - Officiant, minister, special friends of the bride, or
anyone else you want to photograph!

* GROOM ALONE
1. Groom's Parents- Include step parents and any parent figures you'd
like in the photos.

2. Groom's Siblings - Half and step siblings, too! If you want pics with
your siblings' spouses alone (i.e. you and SIL), add as VIPs.

3. Groom's Attendants

4. Groom's Grandparents - Mom and Dad's side, in no particular order.
Include steps and halves if you'd like them photographed.

5. Other VIP's - Officiant, minister, special friends of the Groom, or
anyone else you want to photograph!

* BRIDE AND GROOM TOGETHER

1. With Brides immediate family
2. With Groom's immediate family
3. With Bride and Groom's extended family
4. With Bride and Grooms Grandparents
5. With the entire wedding party
6. With VIP's

No.8 PRODUCT DELIVERY

* What will be your mailing address after the wedding?

No.9 ABOUT YOUR WEDDING

* Tell us a little about the theme or style of your wedding day.

No.10 MOST IMPORTANT

* What is the most important aspect of your day that you would like for
us to try and capture?

No.11 CONTRACTED TIME

* If the time that you have contracted me for will not cover all of
your wedding day activities, is it more important that you have
"getting ready" shots or the ones exiting your reception?


I have made this into a blog post (it is a part of my resource page) so
that it will be a little easier to share. If you have found it helpful
please share it. If you have suggestions for other questions that I have
left out PLEASE leave me a comment. I would love to know what is important
to your ideal client.
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How to Keep Your Guests From Sabotaging Your Wedding Photos

How to Keep Your Guests From Sabotaging Your Wedding Photos | Wedding Photography Knowledge | Scoop.it
"Ha! I beat the wedding photographer!"That is what a guest actually said after leaping in front of my camera, snapping a picture with her cell phone, just as the couple celebrated their first kiss at the end of their ceremony.
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12 wedding shots every bride wants (and how to get them) | Digital Camera World

12 wedding shots every bride wants (and how to get them) | Digital Camera World | Wedding Photography Knowledge | Scoop.it
Every wedding has its own story to tell; however, certain wedding shots are always popular with brides and grooms. Find out how to get them.
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10 Common Compositions in Wedding Photography

The expectations in quality and artistry for wedding photographers have increased over the years with the influx of competition and increase in overall pricing. Not only are they expected to captur...
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Wedding Shot List - Wedding Photos Checklist | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine

Wedding Shot List - Wedding Photos Checklist | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine | Wedding Photography Knowledge | Scoop.it
Before the Bride and Groom See Each Other ► Bride alone ► Bride with mom and dad ► Bride and dad ► Bride and mom ► Bride with immediate family  ► Bride with siblings ► Generational shot: Bride, mom, sister(s), grandmother ► Bride, mom, mother-in-law...
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My One-Shot, Zero-Setup, Sure-Fire Guide to Photographing Wedding Cakes - PetaPixel

My One-Shot, Zero-Setup, Sure-Fire Guide to Photographing Wedding Cakes - PetaPixel | Wedding Photography Knowledge | Scoop.it
This guide is what I do during wedding days, and I typically photograph the cake right when I enter the reception location. Overall, I take 4 shots of
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The Secret Way To Learn Photography Better | Photography Concentrate

The Secret Way To Learn Photography Better | Photography Concentrate | Wedding Photography Knowledge | Scoop.it
There's a way to learn photography that no one talks about, and it's easy to do! It can help you gain a deeper understanding of the material, as well as give you fresh insights into the topic.
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Workflow Series – Photo Selection

Workflow Series – Photo Selection | Wedding Photography Knowledge | Scoop.it
Photo selection is a big part of my photography workflow and while every photographer has his or her own way of selecting photos for publishing, my reasons mainly revolve around time constraint and wanting to only show my best work, among many...
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An Easy & Complete Editing Workflow for Weddings and Portraits

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